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After bankruptcy, California city experiments
with letting voters make budget decisions

Fox News, by Claudia Cowan

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Posted By:PChristopher, 11/13/2012 5:39:31 AM

A California city that recently emerged from bankruptcy is taking a new approach to budgeting -- this time, by asking voters how it should spend the taxpayers´ money. The question is being put to residents in Vallejo, Calif., a blue-collar port city of 116,000 people. Under a pilot program, Vallejo is using what is known as "participatory budgeting" to figure out where to spend a $3.2 million portion of Measure B, a city tax initiative approved last year. At public assemblies throughout the next few weeks, involved residents are brainstorming ideas -- from youth centers to after school programs

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So, you want to try a different means of fiscal suicide. You´d better worry about stabilizing your condition and dealing with essential services and infrastructure and forget about the You´f Centers. Don´t go to idiots for budgetary advice.

In my day, ´youth centers´ were called ´home´ and ´after school programs´ were called ´homework´. God forbid they should study instead of having a bracing game of Knockout.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 11/13/2012 7:02:39 AM     (No. 9010568)

Letting the taxpayers who foot the bill have budget input?? Congress better not hear about this. Could cause some trouble.s/o

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Reply 2 - Posted by: laotzu, 11/13/2012 7:50:20 AM     (No. 9010660)

Hysterical. They decide to tax. Then they decide how to spend it. Anyone in California ever heard of a municipal budget?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: laotzu, 11/13/2012 7:55:09 AM     (No. 9010671)

"When you give people a chance to meaningfully participate and actually solve problems, they really step up, and they really make great decisions," Browne said.

No, when you give Californians (i.e. Dems) the chance, they vote for more free stuff.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: spahrkl, 11/13/2012 8:15:15 AM     (No. 9010730)

Don´t you see, if the decision is made by the public, who is there to blame when an unsuccessful plan fails? Not the elected.
No, the public. Pretty smart, don´t you think.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: skedaddle, 11/13/2012 8:56:24 AM     (No. 9010836)

If the people paid the taxes, why shouldn´t they vote on what they want the money spent on? If they decide on frivolous stuff and their houses burn for lack of a fire department, they´ll learn a lesson the hard way. Maybe they´ll be better citizens then.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: mickturn, 11/13/2012 9:06:06 AM     (No. 9010863)

Now we go from NIMBY (not in my back yard) to IMBY (in my back yard)...this will result in everyone voting for the project that directly impacts them, i.e. CHAOS!

Isn´t it better to let the crooked politicians screw everyone and do the projects that buy them the most political power? What are these idiots thinking? ...this with a major /S

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 11/13/2012 10:30:42 AM     (No. 9011147)

I thought that´s the purpose of a "representative" form of government?

The company I work for does this all the time. The executives make all kinds of money and massive bonuses to be the smartest people on earth, but won´t make decisions. Instead, they "empower" employees to make the tough decisions leaders should make, and then, if something goes wrong, they can blame someone else for the mistake.

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